Bible Corner

The Gospel reading this weekend is the last paragraph in Matthew’s Gospel. It tells of Jesus’ meeting with the eleven and he gives them their mission. He says to them: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”. In doing so he places the Trinity at the centre of the mission of the disciples. The Sacrament of Baptism is given in the name of the Trinity. Jesus reminds the disciples of the commands he has given them and promises he will be with them to the end of time. When we reflect on this, we can see ourselves who are baptised in the name of the Trinity and the mission given to us through baptism — to share what Jesus gives us in his teaching. It is a joint mission lived by us all in the circumstances we find ourselves in this world and we share the love of God with those around us. In the Mass the giving of the mission is at its strongest at the very end of the prayers. After the final blessing in the name of the Trinity we are asked ‘to go in peace to love and serve the Lord’ or another form of that dismissal — a dismissal some miss. The graces we receive from the Trinity we are called to share with the world around us.